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Longfellow Bridge


General View Of The Longfellow Bridge

Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #221457



Steel arch bridge over Charles River on Mass. Hwy 3 (Cambridge Street) and MBTA Red Line in Boston and Cambridge
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, and Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Open to traffic
Future prospects
Rehabilitation project underway. Bridge will include replacing failed rivets with rivets (not modern high strength bolts) to maintain maximum historic integrity.
Built 1906; rehabilitated 1959 and 2011
- Holbrook, Cabot & Rollins Corp. of Boston, Massachusetts (Substructure & Deck Masonry Contractor)
- Phoenix Bridge Co. of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania (Superstructure)
- Rockport Granite Co. (Stone supplier)
- Rosales + Partners of Boston, Massachusetts. (architect on 2011 restoration)
- Skanska AB of Stockholm, Sweden (Contractor for 2013-8 rehab)
Steel arch
Length of largest span: 243.1 ft.
Total length: 2,134.9 ft. (0.4 mi.)
Deck width: 90.6 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Charles River Bridge
Cambridge Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.36111, -71.07250   (decimal degrees)
42°21'40" N, 71°04'21" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/329330/4691951 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Boston South
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
Inventory numbers
MA B16009 (Massachusetts bridge number)
BH 19444 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2016)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 18.5 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • November 21, 2019: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • August 1, 2015: New photo from Ian Martin
  • August 20, 2013: Photo imported by Dave King
  • June 25, 2013: Updated by Nathan Holth: Bridge to be rehabilitated.
  • January 24, 2013: Updated by Andy Peters: adds Middlesex County, Mass.
  • December 7, 2011: Photos imported by James Baughn
  • August 3, 2011: Updated by Nathan Holth: Corrected Name

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Posted July 28, 2015, by Ian Martin

Looks like construction is taking longer than expected: http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2015/07/28/longfellow-bridg...

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Posted August 3, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

An enormous historical text that includes historical photos and numerous plan sheets is available here: http://www.archive.org/details/reportofcambridg00mass

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Posted February 5, 2008, by Seth Taylor (seth [dot] taylor [at] uconn [dot] edu)

This bridge is called the Longfellow Bridge